We want all of your Otisfield, Maine Tombstone photographs. It
doesn't matter if you took them because they were kin or if the stone simply
caught your eye. We do ask that the engraving on the stone be readable
in the donated print or image file.
Marilyn StroutPlease send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know they are on the way.
ATTN: Tombstone Photo Project
58 Bean Road
Otisfield, ME 04270
1. E-Mail - Attach the compressed image files to an email message to email@example.com along with a note providing the required information. If you chose this method be sure to read the email tips/limits section of this page!
2. US Postal Service - Copy your image files to a floppy or CD and mail it to the address provided in the Contributing Prints section above along with a note providing the required information and a listing of individual tombstone names vs image file name. Note: Many film developers now provide an image CD at nominal cost when your print or slide film is processed. Your CD will be returned to you after you approve the upload.
3. Internet - Upload your images to a temporary "public access" Internet directory you have upload permission for. After the files are uploaded, send an email to otisfieldme@HOTpop.com providing URL of the directory, the required cemetery information, and a listing of the individual tombstone names vs file names. After I download and process the image files, you can remove the images from the temporary directory.
1. Send only compressed images as email attachments. Your scanner's native BMP or TIFF file is not compressed! Your digital camera image file may or may not be compressed depending on the camera and the options you choose. In either case, JPEG photo image compression is usually provided with the basic photo processing software package provided with your camera or scanner.
2. Limit your email message attachments to a single photo or a group of photo images totaling less than 1 MB per message!
3. The total file size of the image attachments sent during any one day (either via a series of messages with one photo or as a group of photos attached to a single message) must also be limited to about 3 or 4 MB!
If you have a large number of photographs to send via email, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) before sending them. We can work out a coordinated time or times for you to send large file attachments that I can download late at night.
File Size and Compression: When I process an image file,
my target compressed file size is 50kb. Again that is only a rule
of thumb. Some tombstone images are quite readable cropped and compressed
to 15 kb. Other tombstone images with larger formats and more detail produce
files as large as 150 kb after compression. We must also remember that
the JPEG compression standard actually throws away photo information in
the compression process. Applying too much compression results in an image
with fuzzy text and blurred tombstone details. My personal rule of thumb
for "normal" JPEG compression is about 15:1 and I change it as necessary.
Small Stones: If the headstone image size is only a small part of the overall print size, scan only the immediate area around the headstone in the print and increase the resolution setting to provide the additional pixels needed for the display. If the headstone is only 2x1 inches in the original photograph, we can set the scanner resolution at 300 dpi, scan only the area with the headstone and produce a clear close-up headstone image that will almost fill the standard 640x480 computer display.
Bottom Line: The more detail in the original scan (consistent
with a reasonable compressed file size) the better. We can always throw
out pixels that aren't needed in the final image. We can't add pixels without
producing a fuzzy image.
You retain the copyright and publishing rights for your donated photograph
except those noted here. By donating, you grant the Otisfield Tombstone
Photo Project non-exclusive publishing rights to your photographic work.
The USGenWeb notice at the end of this page will be posted on the index
page linked to your photographs.
This page is courtesy of Lee Zion Colorado GenWeb Tombstone Project Manager.
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